The FBI Crime Statistics Report, officially known as the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, is a nationwide initiative established in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to collect and publish reliable crime statistics for the United States.
The most recent report which was released on October 16, 2023 shows all the crime data collected for the year of 2022. The report largely relied on the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and the Summary Reporting System (SRS) to compile the data.
Join us at Bio Recovery as we dive into the data and see what it tells us.
FBI Crime Statistics 2022
We broke down the crime statistics into two categories; violent crime and property crime. Take a look below:
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery all come under violent crime. Here are some notable changes in the rate of violent crimes committed from 2021 to 2022:
- Violent crime decreased 1.7 percent.
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter decreased 6.1 percent.
- Rape (revised definition) decreased 5.4 percent.
- Aggravated assault decreased 1.1 percent.
- Robbery increased 1.3 percent.
The total number of violent crimes committed in 2022 is estimated to be 1,232,428 which is an offence rate of 380.7 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. This is down from the offence rate in 2021 which was of 387 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
Weapons used in Violent Crime
Burglary/breaking and entering, larceny-theft offenses, and motor vehicle theft all come under property crime. Here are the most significant changes in property crime offenses from 2021 to 2022:
- Property crime increased 7.1 percent.
- Burglary/breaking and entering remained static with 0.0 percent change.
- Larceny-theft offenses increased 7.8 percent.
- Motor vehicle theft increased 10.9 percent.
The total number of property crime offenses committed in 2022 is estimated to be 6,513,829. This is an offense rate of 1,954.4 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants which is an increase from 2021’s 1,832.3 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
College And University Crime Statistics 2021-2022
Unfortunately, many crimes take place on college and university campuses. Similar to the section above we broke these statistics down into violent crime and property crime.
College and University Violent Crime
In 2022, there were an estimated 4,400 violent crime offenses recorded by college and university agencies. This indicates an offense rate of 31.3 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants which is a 13.3 percent increase from 2021 to 2022.
Arrest Rate: In 2022, college and university agencies were estimated to have made 1,200 violent crime arrests. This is a rate of 8.4 arrests for violent crime offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.
College and University Property Crime
According to estimates, college and university agencies recorded 64,300 property crime offenses in 2022. This indicates an offense rate of 461.8 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, a 35.4 percent increase from 2021 to 2022.
Arrest Rate: In 2022 there were 4,100 property crime arrests which indicates a rate of 29.5 arrestees per 100,000 inhabitants.
Carjacking vs Motor Vehicle Theft
On the surface, both of these crimes seem similar but there is a significant difference. Carjacking is when a vehicle is stolen in the presence of the owner by the use of force or intimidation. This classifies carjacking under robbery and is considered a violent crime. On the other hand motor vehicle theft as you can imagine is a nonviolent property crime in which a vehicle was stolen but no violence or threat of violence was used.
Across the nation, there were an estimated 25,400 carjacking offenses which is an 8.1 percent increase from 23,500 carjacking offenses in 2021. The overwhelming majority of carjackings in 2022 (22,700) involved at least one weapon.
Nearly half (49 percent) of all carjackings took place between 8 p.m. and midnight or between midnight and 4 a.m. Together, these add up to a total of 11,900 estimated carjackings during these time frames.
Motor Vehicle Theft
There was an estimated 8.6 percent increase in motor vehicle theft from 2021 to 2022, with almost a million vehicles stolen in 2022. There were an estimated 69,600 arrests made for motor vehicle theft in 2022 out of which 78.3 percent were males and 21.7 percent were females. For both male and female arrestees over 80 percent of them were over the age of 18.
While all the data points presented in the FBI Crime Statistics Report are based on estimates it still gives us a very good idea of the trends in crimes being committed. This report is said to have collected data from 15,724 law enforcement agencies and covers about 93.5 percent of the population.
The biggest takeaways from the crime statistics in 2022 are:
- Violent crime overall has decreased since 2021 but it has increased on college campuses
- Property crime overall has increased from 2021 but burglary/breaking and entering remained static
- The number of overall carjackings has increased from 2021 with nearly half (49 percent) happening between the times of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
For more information on FBI Crime Statistics for 2022 visit the UCR’s Crime Data Explorer.